It has been hot hot hot here as we officially move into summer. Since all of my sessions are done outdoors, I try to avoid shooting during these intense heatwaves for the safety of my clients and their pups. Sadly, for this week, the heat prevented me from getting out to shoot any new sessions for this week's theme - My Favorite Place.
As I started to think about the prompt for this week, I realized that I don't actually have a single favorite place. There are so many incredible outdoor locations in the Sacramento area that it's hard to narrow it down to one. So instead, I decided to put together a list of a few of my favorite locations to photograph at. These are all located in the greater Sacramento area, and any one of them can be used for your Pet Portrait Session.
Old Town [Sacramento]
Old Town is always at the top of my list for location suggestions. It's such an iconic place, and it offers a wide variety of options for backdrops - old gates, brick walls, Tower Bridge, the Sacramento River, the railyard. Being a very busy place, however, Old Town is not recommended for nervous or reactive dogs.
State Capitol [sacramento]
The State Capitol is another location that is always at the top of my list. Similar to Old Town, the grounds at the State Capitol offer a variety of options for backdrops. If you're looking for a little nature in the city, this is a great spot. There are a number of open park and garden areas featuring anything from roses to cacti. Not to mention you have the capitol building itself to use as a backdrop, along with several other interesting buildings in the area. The State Capitol is not recommended for nervous or reactive dogs as the grounds are generally very busy.
wild oaks park [el dorado hills]
Wild Oaks Park is in El Dorado Hills, a bit removed from the freeway. This place has been a bit of a hidden gem for me as many people don't even realize the park is there when they drive past. Wild Oaks is all dusty trails and oak trees. You and your pup are likely to get a little dirty at this spot, but the old fences and natural look are well worth it. This is my favorite location for reactive dogs as there is little to no traffic here.
gibson ranch park [elverta]
If I had to choose a single location on this list, Gibson Ranch Park might be it. A bit more removed from Sacramento, Gibson Ranch is located in Elverta. This location offers a wide variety of natural backdrops, from sprawling lawns to horse paddocks to a pond. Each season brings its own unique look and feel. This is generally a good location for reactive dogs - it can sometimes be busy here, but with 325 acres, there is more than enough space to maneuver around others. There is also a $5 entrance fee as this location is a regional park.
Also, don't forget to continue following the blog circle to see other pet photographers' favorite places. Up next is Pawparazzi Pet and Animal Photography presented by Shae Pepper Photography. Keep following the links until you make it back here to read the entire circle.